Paneer Chilli is a famous North Indian recipe that is usually cooked for special occasions. This recipe adds a wonderful little hit of chilli to a traditional dish.

Paneer Chilli is the perfect dish to showcase Paneer – a fresh cheese common in the Indian subcontinent. It is an unaged, non-melting cheese made by curdling milk with a fruit- or vegetable-derived acid, such as lemon juice. Its acid-set form is called chhena.
Paneer is also sometimes referred to as Poneer, Cottage Cheese Fonir, Chhana or Chhena.  Paneer is a lovely rich source of milk protein.
This Paneer Chilli is beautiful served with warm Naan bread or Roti.
For a fun project, why not try making your own Paneer.  Lisa from Healthy Nibbles, shows us How to right here.
Our favourite store bought Paneer for this recipe is Lemnos Paneer - available at most supermarkets.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 cup Green capsicum chopped in squares
  • 2 cups Diced paneer
  • 1 cup Tomato puree
  • Pinch Salt or to taste
  • Pinch Turmeric and Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 cup Diced onions
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil to cook

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan or wok.
  2. Add diced onions and shallow cook until translucent.
  3. Add tomato puree and mix well. Let it cook for 3-4 mins on a low temperature.
  4. Add some water if the puree looks too dry. Add all spices together and mix into the tomato puree.
  5. Add capsicum and saute for 3-4 mins on a low temperature.
  6. Once the capsicum is tender add paneer pieces. Let it simmer for another 5 mins, stirring gently to coat the paneer in the sauce and then garnish with coriander to serve.
  7. Serve with naan bread or rice.

Notes... You could have different variations like adding peas instead of capsicum, but I love the capsicum version more.
  • Looks like an amazing stew, perfect for the cooler months

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  • Looks so lush! I’ve no idea what pander is but I’ll give it a go. Another vegetable dish to add to my growing collection

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  • I have never cooked with paneer before.

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  • Interesting recipe, thanks for sharing.

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  • My hubby loves paneer! Thanks!

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  • Sound good never tried it would like to now thanks for sharing

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  • Paneer is new to me I have never heard of it but sounds like a good dish

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  • This sounds delicious and I love Paneer cheese. going to have to try for our meatless monday dinner one night

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  • I’ve never heard of paneer and not sure where I would purchase it from. A tasty sounding recipe though.


    • hey.. you could purchase paneer from Coles. they have it in the cold section.

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  • Never heard of paneer before. It looks interesting but looks like I won’t be trying it. Thanks for sharing such an unusual chilli recipe though.

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  • Looks interesting, thank you for sharing.

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  • How spicy is this??

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  • I love spicy Indian spinach paneer !

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  • I love spicy foods.

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  • I love these ingredients so much – looks delicious!

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